Hemmings Find of the Day – 1953 Packard 300 convertible
From the seller’s description:
1953 Packard 300 convertible restored -“Lucy”- Mechanically excellent. This is the way you want to buy an old Packard: let the current owner sink serious $money$ and time into the restoration so that all you have to do is enjoy driving the wonderful car with no worries AND get a real bargain in the process!
VIN 26793014 #1014 out of 1518 produced in 1953. Briggs body number matches. Engine #26793014 (upgraded at some point with a replacement 327 ci 8 cylinder 9 main bearing engine). My wife’s car that she doesn’t drive anymore. Member of both Packards International and The Packard Club. Have owned and restored Packards for over 25 years.
Restoration was completed by the Packard pros at Custom Auto; Santa Ana, CA and The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, CA with over $100k spent and completed in 2008. Includes: pulling engine and detailing compartment, new paint, interior leather and convertible top, front suspension, polish stainless, re-chroming, rebuild carb, add electric fuel pump backup, replaced 2 speed Ultramatic transmission with bullet proof 727 3 speed Torqueflite for reliability and better performance, drive shaft, mating yokes, brake cylinders, brake line, wheel bearings, generator, starter, water pump, fuel pump, various switches, voltage regulator, manifold gaskets, exhaust system, freeze plugs, rod out radiator, radial tires, etc. The objective was to have a great looking, mechanically dependable car that can be enjoyed for many miles.
Packard Factory Standards: 327 ci straight 8 with Carter 4 bbl carb. Options: radio with electric antenna, automatic transmission, heater/defroster, power assisted brakes, trunk light, backup lights, tilt mirror, driver side mirro, white sidewall tires, oil bath air cleaner, oil filter.
Maintenance: Once a year the oil, filter, air cleaner, crankcase vent, transmission, differential chassis lube were checked and serviced. Vehicle has always been garaged and has never been driven in the rain. I would call this a overly maintained car!
Performance: The three biggest old gripes are hard starting, runs hot, or break downs. Lucy promptly starts, runs cool, and has all the mechanicals rebuilt for reliability. The torqueflite transmission smoothly shifts through 3 speeds and you can comfortably cruise 70 mph on the freeway with one finger on the steering wheel. Convertible hydraulic top works nicely. What doesn’t work–the clock. For the past 10 years, the car has only been driven 3500 miles!!
Santa Barbara, California
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